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RustyCanteen, June 7, 2017 in CRAIG PICKRALL FIELD & PERSONAL GEAR SECTION
This has always been one of my favorite pieces of WWII equipment bring an unusual piece, unused gas mask for a dog, in it's original marked carton, with supple rubberized carrying bag, and five page pamphlet, all dated 1944.
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Looking for the following:
452nd and 447th Bomb Group items
Anything 12th Armored- especially uniforms
WWII US Navy Uniforms from the Battle Off Samar: USS Johnston DD-557, USS Hoel DD-553, USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413, USS Heermann DD-532, USS Dennis DE-405, USS John C. Butler DE-339, USS Raymond DE-341, USS Fanshaw Bay St. Lo, White Plains, Kalinin Bay, Kitkun Bay and Gambier Bay...
Hi Garandomatic, if that Whoa comment was intended for the Dog Gas Mask I posted, then Thank you.
A few people on the forum know that I refer to items in my collection as being from the shoebox so this piece is allied to that shoebox being a US Army shoe sizing kit. this is an even more esoteric piece of US army equipment but a vitally important piece as an army really does march on it's feet and needs comfortable fitting boots.
The equipment measures sizes from 5 to 15 plus the half sizes and in six width's, that's a phenomenal amount of footwear to be carrying around following up behind the troops as the advance. Considering all the other pieces of equipment a soldier requires then the quartermaster carrying the quantities and fulfilling those needs was extraordinary.
Maybe not one item but group of items which make a nice set for late war USN/USMC aviator.
1)AN6519 life vest but rigger reinforced by added a rubber patches at the front. This idea was mentioned in Naval Aviation News from 1945 year.
2)WW2 USN shark chaser.
3)M566b dye markers but also reinforced by added a heavy grey canvas at the back to avoid a accident split the materials(they are a little but invisible because are at the back side of life vest).
4)Rigger made pouch for very's projector with six red shells and two O2 cartridge for life vest. Kit would be sewed to flight suit or possibly attached to the life vest by tie tapes from dye marker. This idea of the kit was also mentioned in 1945 Naval Aviation News from 1945 year.
5)Standard survival light but with nice custom painted red lense.
6)Standard USN whistle with white cord, dated 1944.
7)USN aviator first aid kit.
It definitely was meant for the gas mask... That and the sizer have got to be some of the hardest to find things yet just because they're probably not the most thought of.
I really like the look of that life vest kit, too, jerry.
That life vest is great!
Thanks guys. Here is part of Naval Aviation News from 1945 with article about a modification and second one generally about life vest accessories in 1945.
Here is mine. A nice solid example of the very hard to find US Army Demolition Bag. I searched and searched for this one. Certainly not too many of them floating around and even fewer coming up for sale.
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Picked this up recently and while it's maybe not my favorite, it is immaculate. Based on their condition these items were never issued.
11C US Army 1980 - 1990
Great things being posted here, I can't think off the top of my head if I have any rare pieces, will have to check! Hunt
I am an amateur collector of US military items of the 20th century.
Looking for items related to:
-The Aleutian Island Campaign of WW2, Alaskan Theater, Alaska Defense Command, and more specifically the Battle of Attu
-Items related to the 50th Combat Engineer Regiment/Battalion
-Items related to Wheelus Air Force Base Libya, particularly from 1957-1960
-WW2 items belonging to service members from Northern Virginia
-WW2 Uniforms (all branches and services)
-Cheap/Throwaway WW2 named uniforms
-Smaller WW2 Groupings
-7th Infantry Division Items
-WW2 Photos and Letters (all branches, theaters, services, etc)
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Maybe I would say this is rarest. It consists of a 1. rare Navy blue .38 holster, 2. very rare Navy S&W Model 1899 (i/1000 sold to Navy), and 3. extremely rare mint quality Navy 8 pocket .38 cartridge belt (in years of collecting I have only seen one other of this belt and it was rag quality).
Here's some pictures of my TNT block demolition bag. I would also consider this to be my rarest item, especially considering it's the only one of it's kind I have ever seen. It's unique features are lighter khaki canvas, brass 1906 patent buckles, and square strap end clips. I have posted pictures of this bag before and the consensus was that this is likely an earlier produced example. While this remains the only early type TNT block bag I have seen, there was an example of the smaller demolition tool bag that showed up on eBay awhile back. It also had the same early style fabric and hardware.
Hi time to open up this thread again, it's been ten days since last posting . . . . . . . . .
A pair of experimental Corcoran jump boots fitted with a ' sponge ' rubber sole and heel, the heel retains the cut away heel normally associated with Jump boots, hard to say if the sponge was any softer in it's day than it is now. It may have been an idea considered for a softer landing, but possibly not good for combat conditions and running. ??
Thats a rare set of boots in any condition.
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Hello everyone, this is my favorite field gear item. At first this musette bag may not seem so interesting but when you open it, it becomes a bit more special.
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The examples posted never cease to amaze me; they are wonderful. Thank you all for sharing, and please keep them coming!
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Just picked this up the other day. An unissued M1917 Vietnam era GenCut Trench Shotgun Bayonet with scabbard.
These aren't as rare as some pieces that I'm sure a lot of us could list, but they're somewhat rare pieces. Pictured, are what look to be M-1938 Leggings. That is correct, they aren't any normal leggings. These are factory cut-down leggings. These were the Quartermaster's response to American soldier cutting down their issued leggings to be shorter, more comfortable versions of their original selves. You don't see them very often. I got them in a $20 lot I bought a few years back. BUT, it doesn't stop there. In fact, a mystery, if you will, surfaces. The stock number in my cut-down leggings appears to be 72-L-61889. According to Volume I of Government Issue: US Army ETO Collectors Guide, the stock number for factory cut downs is 71-L-61920/61929 and the stock number for normal M-1938 Leggings is 72-L-61883/61903. Those both are obviously not the stock number on my cut downs. Although I know what these are for the most part, any help on the stock number confusion would be
The stamp on my cut-down leggings. The date, as you can see, is June 7, 1943 which seems kind of early for cut-down leggings.
One of my cut-down leggings (right) compared to a full size M-1938
As you can see, my cut-down leggings are the correct 3 inches shorter than full size leggings.
Dedicated to my great grandfather, Pvt. Harry E. Stevenson, of Detachment 6, 166th Signal Photographic Company, 5th Infantry Division, 3rd Army.
"Hard times create strong men, strong men create easy times, easy times create weak men, weak men create hard times" -Unknown
Lewis, that canteen is great. I love looking a pristine, factory fresh stuff, It's like stepping back in time. Outstanding.
Hi Dennis, big apologies I somehow missed seeing your comment, thank you very much.
Not rare, but I have a real soft spot for optical instruments, particularly M1910A1 Azimuth Instruments. Here is one of mine....
PS: If anyone has a set of cables for the base and reticle lamps, let me know!
Looking for items related to the Ninth Coast Artillery District and 6th Coast Artillery Regment
My U.S. Akron-Tissot (A.T.), Model of 1918, Type 'A'. The U.S. A.T. Gas Mask is already rare in and of itself, but I'm lucky enough to possess the earlier Type 'A' facepiece, which is noted from the more frequent Type 'B' (pictured on the right for comparison is a postwar industrial reconfiguration of a Type 'B' A.T. by the LaFrance Fire Engine Co. that I have in my collection for study and preservation from a friend) by its 5-point head harness, yellow Type 'H' filter (although mine was replaced with a Type 'J' at some point in the past) and folded and formed sheet rubber design, rather than the neater dip-molded, 6-point harness facepiece of the Type 'B'.
At the current time of posting this, there are two known Type 'A' Akron-Tissot masks in existance, including mine. Mine was also issued, with the user's name written on the MI carrier bag, as well as the replaced filter, as mentioned before.
“The prevailing idea seemed to be that you could go out into the market and buy them by the hundreds of thousands as you could buy Hallowe’en masks.” - Dr. William Chauncey Geer in "The Reign of Rubber"
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